Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Rudy Regalado and Chiqui Garcia this Friday

Las Vegas Academy, World Jazz Studies
Featuring Rudy Regalado and Chiqui Garcia
March 7, 2008 7 p.m., $8.00,
315 S 7th St. Lowden Theater, corner of 9th and Lewis
Directors: Patrick Bowen and Logan Biles

Rudy Regalado

Known through the world as the Cradle of the South American Liberator, Simon Bolivar, Venezuela is also the birthplace of a true musical patriot, bandleader, percussionist, composer, and educator who is Hector “Rudy” Regalado, the commander in chief of the L.A. based Latin Jazz/Salsa big band known as Chevere.

Although he began his musical career at a very early age in his native Caracas, Rudy moved to Puerto Rico in the early 1960’s when he enrolled at Caribbean Island’s Casals Conservatory as a Percussion Major, while working at various clubs and hotels in San Juan. A decade later, the restless Venezuelan timbalero migrated to Southern California, where he joined the extremely popular Latin rock band called El Chicano. In addition to recording five albums with such East L.A. Musical Institutions of the 1970’s, Rudy has participated in a variety of sessions with the Zawinul Syndicate, Quincy Jones, Alphonse Mouzon, Carabana Cubana, and many others.

After spending 12 trumphant years with El Chicano, Rudy formed his own All-Star Big Band in 1983. Initially known as todos Estrellas, Rudy’s Orchestral Dream Team soon changed its name to Chevere. Chevere has preformed overseas in summer festivals in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Kuala Lampu, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as well as throughout the European continent. In the United States Cevere has appeared at the PlayBoy Jazz Festival, L.A. Street Scene, Hollywood Dance Machine, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, and the L.A. Forum to name a few. They have performed on The Tonight Show, The Nancy Wilson Show, American Bandstand, and the Jose Feliciano Special. In between tours they have created TV scores for Miller, Bud Light, Budweiser, Busch, Dr. Pepper, and the California State Lottery.

Sounds like this will be a great event. The program:

Jazz I Ensemble
Bemsha Swing, Thelonious Monk/Denzil Best
I Will Miss You, Lynn “Doc” Skinner, arr. John Clayton Jr.

Jazz II Ensemble
What Happens in Vegas, Greg Yasinitsky
Rich’s Piece, Maria Schneider
Paprika, Bob Curnow

Jazz III Ensemble
Soupbone, John Clayton
Mescalito, Oscar Meza
Chambe, Oscar Meza
Gozando, Oscar Meza
Mr PC, John Coltrane/Rich Shemaria

1 comment:

Samantha said...

i went to see the lion king show in las vegas nevada at the mandalay bay on or about october 8 or 9 2011. There was a muscian named chiqui garcia. im wondering if this is the same person in the lion king show??